Monday, May 4, 2015

Review: Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman

 
Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance
by Danielle Younge-Ullman
May 5, 2015
304 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Lola Carlyle is lonely, out of sorts, and in for a boring summer. So when her best friend, Sydney, calls to rave about her stay at a posh Malibu rehab and reveals that the love of Lola’s life, Wade Miller, is being admitted, she knows what she has to do.Never mind that her worst addiction is decaf cappuccino; Lola is going to rehab.

Lola arrives at Sunrise Rehab intent solely on finding Wade, saving him from himself, and—naturally—making him fall in love with her…only to discover she’s actually expected to be an addict. And get treatment. And talk about her issues with her parents, and with herself. Plus she has insane roommates, and an irritatingly attractive mentor, Adam, who’s determined to thwart her at every turn.

Oh, and Sydney? She’s gone.

Turns out, once her pride, her defenses, and her best friend are stripped away, Lola realizes she’s actually got a lot to overcome…if she can open her heart long enough to let it happen.



Review

I went into this book not knowing what to expect but wow did I ever enjoy it! So darn much. I was addicted (hee) and read it in one sitting. It was laugh-out-loud hilarious!!
 
Basically Lola comes from a rich family where her divorced parents don't pay much attention to her so she gets away with things. When she learns her long-time crush is at the same rehab center (more like a spa) as her best friend, she decides to get herself admitted. What follows is a string of hilarious events as Lola slowly comes to realize that she actually does have some rehabilitating to do.
 
This book is so funny! The mood of the book was light and playful at first with things eventually becoming more sobering during the second half. A warning that there is a fair bit of language in this book. I personally loved it and felt it contributed to the reality of Lola's situation but some may be bothered by it. The words do fly out pretty easily.
 
Lola is such a riot!! She's witty, snarky, sarcastic, you name it. More than a few times, I burst out laughing because of something she said or did. I was just smiling and laughing all over the place. On a more serious note, her always-joking attitude was her way of shielding herself from hurt and disappointment. I'm sad that her parents were the source of it all. Because of her past experiences with them, she refuses to expose her vulnerability, choosing instead to joke about everything. I could tell that she really just needed to confront her demon parents and let it all out.
 
Lucky Lola has Adam! I'd totally sign up for rehab just to have him be my mentor. He is so supportive and beyond sweet. I just knew he was going to fall for Lola because she's so different from his serious demeanor. The attraction was apparent and their interactions after a certain confession were deliciously heart-pounding!

Was the 12 step plan just a reference to rehab since it wasn't very present in the story? Putting aside the reason Lola went to Sunrise in the first place, I loved all the development she made once there. She was brave to admit her faults/mistakes. It was convincing that things weren't perfect by the end because that's real life. Conflicts don't resolve so easily but Lola's at a good place to start healing and patching up relationships. 

I was the tiniest bit bothered by how some characters didn't have to face the consequences of their actions. They weren't all that important but I felt like I lacked an ending from them. I think it's safe to say they failed at grasping the meaning of rehab.

The story ended on a nice note. There was closure but I'm a little sad because it felt rushed. I wish I was given more time to fully revel in the cuteness that is Lola and Adam. Nevertheless, this will be a story I reread for all the funny roll-on-floor-laughing moments!

4.5 Cats
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own and not affected in any way.

16 comments:

  1. facing consequences is really important for me when it comes to books.. i just get really bothered when that doesn't happen.. still this book sounds cute and I like the sound of Lola. Fantastic review!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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    1. Lola is absolutely hilarious! I really hope you'll give this book a try (the consequence thing is really minor)!

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  2. Sounds so cute. Thanks for this review! :)

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    1. No problem! Always a pleasure to share a fun read :)

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  3. I'm always on the lookout for great contemporaries, especially one so funny. I think it's a prerequisite for me. :)

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    1. Romance is a prereq for me ;) If you pick this one up, I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did~

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  4. I just found about this last night when I was setting up my new release post for today. So glad you liked this. I love a funny book!
    Jen at YA Romantics

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    1. It's a lot of fun so I hope you try it!

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  5. Yes to Lola and Adam!!! ❤ Gosh, I swooned so much in this book because of them two. So darn awesome. Can't wait to read more from this author and I hope she does another cutesy contemp.
    Very nice review, Eileen! *high fives* :D

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    1. Yesss so many swoons~~ She was a new author to me but I'll definitely be keeping an eye on her future works :DD *high fives back*

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  6. I think I would love Lola. lol. I really want to read this now!! :)

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    1. I hope you do get to it! I love Lola :D

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  7. I'm not entirely sure if this would be a book for me, but I know I couldn't be bothered by the language and I love books with humour that make me laugh!
    Great review Eileen!

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    1. It's definitely a fun and quick read if you ever find yourself needing a little laugh! Lots of laughs ;)

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  8. This book sounds so cute and I love her name. :)

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    1. I hope you'll try it Cali. It's really fun~

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